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  • October 26, 2021

    Pharmacy Owner Must Disclose Atty Advice In $1B Fraud Trial

    A pharmacy owner headed to trial on charges of running a massive billing fraud must "immediately" disclose privileged attorney communications to prosecutors, a Tennessee federal judge ordered Tuesday, if he wants to tell a jury that lawyers — who may testify — approved his actions.

  • October 26, 2021

    Pa. University Can't Appeal Denied Dismissal Bid, Court Says

    Point Park University in Pittsburgh can't get an immediate trip to the Third Circuit to appeal a ruling that it had an "implied contract" to provide in-person classes despite the COVID-19 pandemic, as a Pennsylvania federal judge said rulings in favor of other universities in the state hadn't said such implied contracts couldn't exist.

  • October 26, 2021

    Philly Can't Dodge Vets' Virus Crowd Limit Suit, 3rd Circ. Told

    Philadelphia officials can't escape accountability for an allegedly unconstitutional COVID-19 crowd limit just because the policy is no longer in effect, a city-based Vietnam veterans group told the Third Circuit on Tuesday as it fought a lower court's determination that the issue is moot.

  • October 26, 2021

    Cozen O'Connor Adds Former NJ Deputy AG In Philly

    Cozen O'Connor recently hired a former New Jersey deputy attorney general who will help in the firm's expansion of its labor and employment department.

  • October 26, 2021

    Ballard Spahr Gets Experienced Tax Attorney To Rejoin Firm

    Ballard Spahr LLP has recently welcomed back to its Philadelphia office a tax attorney with more than 20 years' experience who plans to use the firm's national resources to grow her practice.

  • October 26, 2021

    Spas Urge 3rd Circ. To Revive Virus Coverage Denial Suit

    A group of spas in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware asked the Third Circuit to weigh in on whether Travelers Property Casualty Co. should cover business expenses they incurred during pandemic shutdowns, arguing that the narrow relief they sought isn't barred by their policy's "virus exclusion."

  • October 26, 2021

    Dechert Aims For November Hybrid Office Return

    International firm Dechert LLP is planning to reopen its offices worldwide in November, two months later than the firm previously planned, and will continue to allow attorneys to remotely work until the end of 2021, Law360 confirmed.

  • October 25, 2021

    NFL Player Sanctioned For 'Cavalier' Neglect Of Subpoena

    A Michigan federal court hit NFL wide receiver Kenny Golladay with sanctions Monday, chastising the New York Giants player for his "cavalier and reckless attitude" toward discovery in litigation over whether Golladay was poached from his former agency.

  • October 25, 2021

    9th Circ. Asked To Rethink Comcast Privacy Row Arbitration

    The Ninth Circuit broke with its own precedent when it shipped to arbitration a suit seeking to block Comcast from using millions of people's video-viewing activity for targeted advertising, the appellate court heard Friday.

  • October 25, 2021

    Pa. Justices Allow New Trial For Woman Denied Pain Damages

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Monday it won't review a lower court's order for a do-over in the case of a jury that denied a woman damages for pain and suffering even though it found her doctors liable for medical malpractice.

  • October 25, 2021

    PJM Blasts $2.5B Power Line Developer's FERC Fight

    PJM Interconnection on Friday urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to dismiss a complaint from developers of a proposed $2.5 billion power line claiming the nation's largest regional grid operator has erected unnecessary barriers to new, independent transmission projects.

  • October 25, 2021

    Purdue Opposes Requests To Delay Ch. 11 Plan For Appeals

    Purdue Pharma LP is arguing that delaying the consummation of its Chapter 11 plan to allow appeals to be resolved first would needlessly delay the distribution of billions of dollars for opioid abatement efforts while there was no danger of prejudice to the appellants.

  • October 25, 2021

    Pa. Treatment Center Faces Class Action Over Cyberattack

    A Philadelphia-based mental health treatment center and service provider exposed tens of thousands of current and former employees and patients to identity theft when the company's computers fell victim to a cyberattack, according to a proposed class action filed in Pennsylvania state court.

  • October 25, 2021

    Philly Family Gets $2.7M Over Missed Hep C Diagnosis

    The family of a Philadelphia man was awarded $2.7 million by a county jury, which found that his doctor had failed to properly screen him for hepatitis C, leading to liver cancer and his death.

  • October 22, 2021

    Facebook Asks Full 3rd Circ. To Review News Anchor's IP Suit

    Facebook asked the Third Circuit for an en banc rehearing in an intellectual property lawsuit launched by a Philadelphia-based TV journalist over the unauthorized use of her photo, arguing a split panel's decision to revive the suit conflicts with Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

  • October 22, 2021

    Think Tank Sues Ex-Employee, Counsel Over Retaliation Suit

    A Philadelphia think tank has sued a former employee and law firm Pond Lehocky in Pennsylvania state court, saying the employee should have dropped her federal lawsuit against it when it became apparent that an anonymous, disparaging phone call to her potential employer came from her own boyfriend.

  • October 22, 2021

    Pa. Panel Junks 'Regular Use' Exclusion In Auto Policies

    A Pennsylvania appeals court issued a published decision Friday striking down the use of "regular use" exclusions to bar underinsured motorist coverage in auto accidents involving vehicles an insured may regularly use but which aren't actually covered under the insured's policy.

  • October 22, 2021

    Cannabis Bill Roundup: House Eyes Expanding Pot Research

    U.S. House members reintroduced a bipartisan bill this week to clear the way for cannabis researchers to study marijuana products sold legally in states, while legislators from Pennsylvania to Puerto Rico pursued cannabis reforms ranging from full legalization to simple decriminalization. 

  • October 22, 2021

    NFL To Stop Concussion Race-Norming In Unsealed Deal

    The NFL has formally agreed to stop the controversial use of race-based norms in cognitive testing for payouts from the uncapped concussion settlement and Black players will have an opportunity to have their claims reviewed, though it could be weeks before the deal is finalized.

  • October 22, 2021

    Insurer, Pa. Church End $1.2M Employee Theft Coverage Row

    A Pittsburgh church, its child education program and their insurer agreed Friday to end litigation over whether the insurer must provide more coverage related to a former church employee's $1.2 million embezzlement.

  • October 22, 2021

    Ex-Pols Back Bid To Revive Suit Over Seized Cuba Property

    Two former congressmen threw bipartisan support to a bid Friday to revive claims that travel agents and credit card companies illegally profited from family-owned land confiscated by the Cuban government decades ago, citing a law that compensates Americans whose properties were seized during the Fidel Castro regime.

  • October 22, 2021

    Pa. Justices Nix Pittsburgh Law Protecting Section 8 Renters

    A Pittsburgh ordinance that banned landlords from refusing to rent to tenants using federal housing vouchers was not authorized by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and was therefore an unconstitutional burden on business, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled.

  • October 22, 2021

    Erie Insurance Wants Coverage Axed In Hotel Prostitution Row

    Erie Insurance Exchange has asked a state judge to free it from indemnifying the operator of a Days Inn in Philadelphia and corporate parent Wyndham in a string of lawsuits over alleged sex trafficking that was knowingly allowed to take place at the hotel.

  • October 21, 2021

    Justices Asked To Nix Bond Hearings For Immigrants

    Advocates of drastically reduced immigration urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to overturn decisions in the Third and Ninth circuits that said migrants who have been detained more than six months should get a bond review hearing.

  • October 21, 2021

    Pa. Grocer Blasts New Rehab Act Suit Over Mask Policy

    Pittsburgh-based grocery chain Giant Eagle has told a federal court that customers were wrong to bring a new lawsuit asserting Rehabilitation Act claims over the company's COVID-19 mask policy, saying they should seek to amend their nearly identical case alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Confronting Origination Credit: Why GCs Need To Speak Up

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    In order to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, in-house counsel should leverage their influence by talking to their outside firms about fair origination credit allocation, because many law firm compensation systems are still shrouded in mystery, and underrepresented attorneys often face entrenched inequities, says Michelle Banks at BarkerGilmore.

  • Pa. Tax Talk: Tax Cap Cases Highlight Chevron Issues

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    The Commonwealth Court's recent decision in Alcatel-Lucent USA v. Pennsylvania — the latest in a string of cases using the Chevron test to address remedy for a tax cap for net loss carryover — underscores the subjective nature of the test and how it can be construed to reach seemingly disparate results, says Jennifer Karpchuk at Chamberlain Hrdlicka.

  • Financial Planning Tips For Retiring Law Firm Partners

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    As the pandemic accelerates retirement plans for many, Michael Delgass at Wealthspire Advisors outlines some financial considerations unique to law firm partners, including the need for adequate liquidity whether they have capital accounts or pension plans.

  • Preparing Remote Deposition Defenses For Corporate Entities

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    As remote depositions will remain common for the foreseeable future, attorneys defending a deposition notice or subpoena to a corporation should implement certain strategies to mitigate unique challenges, such as less planning time and increased difficulty of establishing rapport with witnesses, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Perspectives

    Why Law Schools Should Require Justice Reform Curriculum

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    Criminal defense attorney Donna Mulvihill Fehrmann argues that law schools have an obligation to address widespread racial and economic disparities in the U.S. legal system by mandating first-year coursework on criminal justice reform that educates on prosecutorial misconduct, wrongful convictions, defense 101 and more.

  • Girardi Scandal Provides Important Ethics Lessons

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    The litigation and media maelstrom following allegations that famed plaintiffs attorney Thomas Girardi and his law firm misappropriated clients' funds provides myriad ethics and professional responsibility lessons for practitioners, especially with regard to misconduct reporting and liability insurance, says Elizabeth Tuttle Newman at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • Opinion

    No Signs Of Turning, Tide Of Insurer COVID Wins Persists

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    The trend of COVID-19 business interruption decisions favoring insurers continues to hold strong — any commentary to the contrary is striking a narrative that is not borne out by reality, say attorneys at Dentons.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Jabil GC Talks Compliance Preparation

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    Tried-and-true compliance lessons from recent decades can be applied to companies’ environmental, social and governance efforts, especially with regard to employee training and consistent application of policies — two factors that can create a foundation for ESG criteria to flourish, says Robert Katz at Jabil.

  • 3 Ways CLOs Can Drive ESG Efforts

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    Chief legal officers are specially trained to see the legal industry's flaws, and they can leverage that perspective to push their companies toward effective environmental, social and governance engagement, says Mark Chandler at Stanford Law School.

  • How Law Firms Can Rethink Offices In A Post-Pandemic World

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    Based on their own firm's experiences, Kami Quinn and Adam Farra at Gilbert discuss strategies and unique legal industry considerations for law firms planning hybrid models of remote and in-office work in a post-COVID marketplace.

  • Opinion

    Pa. Lawmakers Must Save Medical Liability Venue Rule

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    The Pennsylvania Legislature should stop the state's Civil Procedural Rules Committee from rolling back a rule banning medical malpractice forum shopping, to avoid a return to rampant liability claims in high-verdict courts, sky-high insurance premiums for doctors and less public access to care, says Curt Schroder at the Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Baker Hughes CLO Talks Sustainability Team

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    For businesses focused on addressing environmental, social and governance considerations, a legal team that can coordinate sustainability efforts across the company can help to manage risk and compliance issues, anticipate and prepare for change, and identify new opportunities, says Regina Jones at Baker Hughes.

  • What Mainstreaming Of Litigation Finance Means For Industry

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    The rush of new capital and investors into the litigation funding space is expected to bring heightened competition on price and other key deal terms, but litigants will need to be more in tune with individual financiers' proclivities, says William Weisman at Therium Capital Management.

  • After Ida, A Look At Sandy's Flood Insurance Lessons

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    The flood insurance experience gained in connection with Superstorm Sandy can offer valuable lessons to those that have suffered a flood loss from the recent Hurricane Ida, and can guide others before and after the next storm, say Lee Epstein and Matthew Goldstein at Flaster Greenberg.

  • Lifting The Veil On The Supreme Court's Shadow Docket

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    Following headline-making U.S. Supreme Court emergency orders on Texas’ new abortion law, COVID-19 restrictions and more, Vetan Kapoor, counsel to Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, examines the court's so-called shadow docket and its decision-making procedures, including questions around transparency, timing and precedential effect.

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